5 Parenting Lessons from “The Middle”
Oct28

5 Parenting Lessons from “The Middle”

If you’re in a middle-class family, it’s easy to relate to the Hecks of the television show “The Middle.” Here are five parenting lessons for parents of teens.

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Teachable Moments from the 2016 Presidential Election
Oct21

Teachable Moments from the 2016 Presidential Election

It doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you are on in this Presidential election, your teen can learn some valuable lessons about life, responsibility and outcomes.

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Think You Shouldn’t File a FAFSA? 8 Financial Aid Myths Keeping Money From Your Pocket
Sep30

Think You Shouldn’t File a FAFSA? 8 Financial Aid Myths Keeping Money From Your Pocket

According to NerdScholar, high school graduates in the U.S. left more than $2.9 billion in free federal grant money unused over the last academic year. How is that even possible? According to the study, their only mistake was not completing the FAFSA.

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Don’t Believe the FAFSA Lies
Sep23

Don’t Believe the FAFSA Lies

Many are misinformed when it comes to the FAFSA. They believe that they make too much money to qualify for any kind of financial aid—and they decide not to file. That is the worst mistake you can make.

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Choosing a College for All the Wrong Reasons
Sep16

Choosing a College for All the Wrong Reasons

by Suzanne Shaffer, Parent Editor Since choosing a college is an important decision, you want to be sure that you and your teen use the right criteria. When you put all your time, effort and hard earned money into sending your teen off to college, you want to be reasonably sure it’s the right college for them. Choosing a college for all the wrong reasons Here are some commonly used criteria for choosing a college. As you can see, using them might cause some regret in the future: Going to the same school a boyfriend or girlfriend is going to—The danger here is obvious. High school romances rarely last and once the romance ends, so does the love for the college. Only look at the colleges your best friend is viewing—Friendships, while many last a lifetime, are no reason to make a college choice. Friends oftentimes have different educational goals and career paths. I saw many college friend explosions over the years when my kids were in school. It taints your view of the environment. Choose a college because you love their football team—Being a Texas Aggie fan or a Texas Longhorn fan or a Notre Dame fan is no reason to attend their college. Investigate their academic programs and choose it if it gives you the best education for your needs and for your dollar. Choose a college based on its “party” ranking—You would be surprised how many students choose schools that are ranked high as a party school. They convince their parents it’s for the academics, but truthfully it is not. Limiting location—Don’t just look at colleges close to home. Check out some schools that are a little further away. It will increase your options. RELATED: Finding the Application Submission ‘Sweet Spot’ Making cost the only determining factor—Until you have investigated how a college gives out financial aid, don’t discount pricey schools. You might be surprised at the amount of aid you receive that will offset the high tuition. Not visiting a college before applying (or even accepting)— Many students accept based on other students opinions or recommendations. Before you apply, visit the college to get a feel for the campus. Let the choice just happen—Many teens just slide in to the most comfortable place: they got an email from someone; their friend suggests it; their parents went there. Neither of these are good reasons to attend college. Pick a college to impress someone—This is not a reason to choose a college. Keeping up with the Jones’ or trying to impress your friends will only result in your teen being unhappy at school. Believe that the harder...

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An Open Letter to High School Parents
Sep09

An Open Letter to High School Parents

You are entering uncharted waters and for some, the final months and days of high school. From someone who survived those years, I want to share some parenting insight to help you along your college journey.

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